The Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias headed an expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa in the hope of finding a trade route to India. Dias and his fleet eventually entered what he named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise) - later renamed Mossel Bayafter the abundance of mussels in the bay - on 3 February 1488. His landing will again be celebrated this year with the 2016 Dias Festival from 3 February 2016 to 7 February 2016.
In the spirit of “Where Cultures Meet” there will be something for everybody to enjoy at the 2015 Dias Festival – 528 years down the road of the landing of Dias’s fleet at Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. And has been a feature of this festival – entry will be FREE, including to stage performances by some of South Africa’s top artists!
The fun-filled programme will include
· a cultural concert in the Dias Museum, including international folk dances.
The message is simple .... the Dias Festival at Mossel Bay is the place to be from 3 February to 7 February 2016.
Programme to follow soon!